Footy cov­er­age has one reader play­ing spot the ball, and SBS gets a star for show­ing the Ashes

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A model of good be­hav­iour

from J. Draper, Ocean Grove CLARE, without doubt you should have won Aus­tralia’s Next Top Model, or at least have been in the fi­nal with Tah­nee. Through­out the se­ries you showed dig­nity, poise, ma­tu­rity and pro­fes­sion­al­ism that be­lied your age. You won more chal­lenges than any­one and you were se­lected by more de­sign­ers than any­one else. How the judges chose Cassi to be in the fi­nal es­capes me (and my friends). They’ve shown teenage girls that they can throw tantrums, be overly melo­dra­matic and a gen­eral pain, win no chal­lenges yet still be placed in the top two. Shame on you, judges.

Seven is out of fo­cus

from Trevor, email CHAN­NEL 7, the cam­era work on your foot­ball cov­er­age is pa­thetic. The round 14 clash of St Kilda and Gee­long was a prime ex­am­ple: shots of the coaches while the ball is still in play, and chang­ing cam­era views from all over so we don’t know which way any­one is kick­ing. They know only two zoom dis­tances— close-in, so we some­times miss where the ball is, and from too far away. There is no in-be­tween. Worst of all are the con­stant shots from the roof, so we can’t see any­thing. The cam­er­a­work on the flash­back match be­fore this game from 18 years ago was bet­ter.

Woes of coun­try foot­ball

from Brian Hen­nessy, Mount Gam­bier I FEEL sorry for Mimi Maguire (Guide, July 8), but it’s even worse when you live in South Aus­tralia. Add an­other 30 min­utes to the 75 min­utes. The AFL should put con­di­tions on the TV sta­tions to show games with no more than a 30-minute de­lay. But then, the AFL is lost in its own world.

SBS is a jolly good sport

from Ros­alie, Croy­don A BIG thank you to SBS for tele­vis­ing the Ashes at a rea­son­able time (7.30pm) so those of us who can’t af­ford Fox­tel can watch it on free-to-air. I won’t even mind miss­ing Rex.

Ab­sence makes the ears fonder

from Ro­man Horoway, Mt Martha DAR­REN James and Tony Leonard may strug­gle to main­tain the stan­dards set by Ross Steven­son and John Burns when they fill in for a fort­night sev­eral times a year on the 3AW break­fast pro­gram, but it just makes the lis­ten­ers ap­pre­ci­ate the show more when nor­mal pro­gram­ming re­sumes.

Bored to the Rafters

from John, Bundoora WE WATCHED Packed to the Rafters and if th­ese two episodes are an in­di­ca­tion of the fu­ture, we will not be watch­ing any more. The char­ac­ters have be­come an­noy­ing and the sto­ry­lines are get­ting bor­ing and pre­dictable.

Some­thing spooky go­ing on

from Bob Clarke, Moonah (Tas) IF YOU visit the BBC Spooks web­site you find that the av­er­age length of an episode is 58 min­utes. If you do as I have done and time the ABC trans­mis­sions, you find the max­i­mum time you get for a Spooks episode is 52 min­utes. Does the ABC edit out some bits of each episode? If so, why? This may ac­count for some seem­ingly il­log­i­cal and con­fus­ing jumps in the plot­lines. If the ABC cut out those an­noy­ing pro­mos and the inane ‘‘It all starts with 1’’ in­ter­ludes, maybe we could get the full BBC pro­duc­tion of Spooks without it be­ing ru­ined by our na­tional broad­caster. from Bar­bara, Mt Eve­lyn TO LAURA of Pak­en­ham (Guide, July 8), Good News Week fin­ishes late only be­cause the pre­vi­ous two pro­grams— MasterChef Aus­tralia and Re­cruits— both run over their al­lot­ted times. GNW runs for its al­lot­ted time, so blame the other pro­grams for the late­ness.

You made my Sun­day night

from Ja­son An­der­son, Pak­en­ham WELL done to Chan­nel 9 for pro­gram­ming a Sun­day night movie. Even though it was a chick flick ( Mu­sic and Lyrics), it was a de­light to see the 8.30pm Sun­day night movie back. I hope the other net­works fol­low suit in­stead of the usual crime shows.

Starts late, ends late

Give us a clue, Ed­die

from Pa­tri­cia Wool­cock, View­bank IS IT just me or does Ed­die McGuire sub­tly sug­gest to Hot Seat con­tes­tants, when they have cho­sen the wrong an­swer, that they may like to change their choice?

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